Constant lower back, hip, knee, shoulder or hand pain? You might be feeling arthritis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, roughly 54.4 million U.S. adults are diagnosed with some form of arthritis per year. As we age, the cartilage in our joints wears down causing painful bone on bone rubbing, inflammation and pain.
There are four important warning signs that should prompt you to talk to a health care provider, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Pain from arthritis can be constant or it may come and go. It may occur when at rest or while moving. Pain may be in one part of the body or in many different parts.
Some types of arthritis cause the skin over the affected joint to become red and swollen, feeling warm to the touch. Swelling that lasts for three days or longer or occurs more than three times a month should prompt a visit to the doctor.
This is a classic arthritis symptom, especially when waking up in the morning or after sitting at a desk or riding in a car for a long time. Morning stiffness that lasts longer than an hour is good reason to suspect arthritis.
4. Difficulty moving a joint
It shouldn’t be that hard or painful to get up from your favorite chair or hold onto a glass.
While there is no cure for arthritis it is possible to alleviate symptoms of arthritis. Improving joint movement, increasing muscle strength, balance, and coordination can lead to decreased or elimination of symptoms.
Arthritis is a generalized term used to describe joint pain and disease in general. Over 100 types of arthritis exist, according to the Arthritis Foundation. People of all ages, race and sex can get arthritis. It is also the leading cause of ongoing disability in America. The most prevalent form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is caused by wither injury or normal wear and tear.
Regardless of the cause of arthritis physical and occupational therapy play a major role in the treatment of symptoms caused by arthritis and should be tried before more aggressive procedures are considered. Surgical intervention may eventually be needed even with strengthening, balance and joint movement. However, physical and occupational therapy are a good way to prepare for and recover from a surgery.
If you or someone you know suffer from arthritis there are options to consider. Call the Sisu Therapies office to ask about physical or occupational therapy to restore mobility, gain education on joint protection and improve your quality of life.